Smooth skin starts here

From your face to your feet, it’s time to exfoliate.

By Martinique Stevens

As the dawn of spring ushers in the promise of wonderfully warmer weather, it’s time to give your skin a refresh from head to toe!

As you begin to prepare your wardrobe for hot summer days ahead, it’s also time to whip your skin back into tip-top shape so you can show it off in the summer shorts, dresses, and sandals that were tucked away throughout the dry and dreary winter weather. 


The trick to taking your skin from drab to fab in a matter of weeks is by incorporating a carefully curated exfoliation routine into your skincare regime. But remember, skin on your face, neck and décolletage tends to be more sensitive than other areas of your body, so aim to keep the number of times you exfoliate them down to twice a week. 

Gone are the days of gritty scrubs with large beads that cause micro-tears on your skins’ surface – welcome the new generation of facial exfoliators in the form of gentle skin resurfacing acids and ultra-fine facial polishes.

But how? It’s simple: exfoliate.

Slough off dullness-inducing dry skin cells on your face, body and feet with all the latest formulas to bring sad-looking skin back to life. Plus, discover a handy massage technique that’ll rev up blood circulation, transform your skin and give your system a good detox, too!

Face scrubs

Bioderma Pigmentbio Sensitive Areas Targeted Brightening Care gently smooths your skin's surface while fading dark marks and lifting pigmentation; Nivea Daily Essentials Exfoliating Rice Scrub contains organically sourced ingredients to be gentle on your skin with sieved rice seeds to buff away old skin cells; Glow Hub Pore Polish with salicylic and grapefruit extract gently exfoliates the skin and leaves it radiant and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Soothing Gel Exfoliator uses soft gel beads to remove impurities with hyaluronic acid to boost hydration and impart softness.


Crème Classique Glycolic Acid Peel is a dermatological grade exfoliant that is perfect for oily skin types who wish to resolve acne scarring as glycolic acid works to promote a faster cell turnover; Glow Hub Nourish & Hydrate Toner Essence with peach extract and coconut water hydrates skin and gives it a glow;

Acne-Solutions Dermaceutics Clear Skin Acne Pads are nifty pre-soaked pads that brighten and renew with resurfacing salicylic and oil zapping tea tree oil; and Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads are biodegradable pads that reveal real radiance and refine texture.


Sure, you could grab your trusty packet of skin-smoothing Caribbeantan Cinnamon & Coconut Skin Smoothing Exfolia or dip into your tub of Mineraline Pomegranate Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub with sweet almond oil to give the skin on your arms, tums and thighs a good scrub when you jump in the shower. Or, you could try something new, like the ayurvedic art of dry body brushing to really give your exfoliation technique a spa-like upgrade. 

Here’s how: 

Before you get into the bath or shower, slip the Clean Logic Dual-Texture Body Exfoliator onto your hand or use the Bathmate Wooden Bath Brush to reach areas like your back with ease and then scrub either of these tools over your entire body: starting with your feet and working your way up your body in smooth, clockwise motions. Make sure to do your arms last, moving from your hands upwards towards your armpits and don’t forget to scrub your stomach as you go along. 

Rub with light pressure on areas that are more sensitive, and increase pressure where you feel most comfortable doing so. 

Not only will this technique effectively get rid of old skin cells, but it will also boost your blood circulation and help move toxins out of your lymphatic system; thus making it by far one of the best kept secrets to achieving seriously smooth and supple skin. 


The best thing about rubbing a hardworking foot scrub into tired feet, is that your hands are treated to a sumptuous skin-softening session, too! 

Dr Teal’s Foot Care Therapy Gentle Exfoliant with Pure Epsom Salt relieves aches and pains and makes feet feel ultra-smooth thanks to coconut oil and aloe vera extract. Nature’s Nourishment Hemp Hydrating Foot Scrub with hemp seed oil and vitamin E softens and moisturises feet while their Mint Foot Soak is odour fighting. Good Stuff Bee Natural Foot Therapy Foot Scrub contains exfoliating pumice and walnut shells with soothing wild honey and calming peppermint oil. Beauty Treats Coconut Exfoliating Foot Scrub uses finely crushed walnut shells to get rid of dry patches and rough heels, while Nature’s Nourishment Mint Foot Soak is odour fighting.

Give yourself a spa-grade pedicure

Take getting silky soft feet to the next level by popping on a pair of exfoliating foot mask socks. Milky Foot Intense Exfoliating Foot Pads and Skin Republic Pedi Peel Max Intensive Exfoliating Treatment are infused with alpha hydroxy acids to remove hard skin and calluses, plus soothing plant extracts for baby soft feet, while Cala Sea Salt Moisturizing Foot Masks contain a light exfoliation effect but are perfect to try if you’re looking to nip dryness in the bud. Skin Strategy Moisturising Gel Heel Socks with aloe vera oils help to soothe, soften and repair your hands/feet.

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